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While you may view our full program on the Events Page of our website, we are pleased to highlight these upcoming programs.

Announcements as of February 5, 2020

We know people’s schedules are busy, so walk-ins to the speaker programs are welcome. However, early registration will guarantee you a seat and will help us plan.


Sale Dates:

  • The 2020 Plant Sale: 9am - 4pm on Sat May 2 and Sun May 3
  • Special Members Only Preview: Fri May 1.

Details on our website's Plant Sale page.


The Friend's Annual Plant Sale this year runs Friday through Sunday, May 1 - 3, 2020 and we could use your assistance before, during and after it!

If you can help, details and on-line signup are on our Plant Sale Volunteer page.



Saturday, February 15 – Snow Date: Saturday, February 22

Margaret Roach has worked for more than 25 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo”.

Margaret’s book, “A Way to Garden”, originally released in 1998, has now been fully updated for the just released 21st Anniversary edition and will be available for signing.

This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click on the photo for more information and to register.



Sunday, March 1

Martha Brookes Hutcheson was the second female landscape architect in the United States and her property, Merchiston Farm, now called Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, is part of the Morris County Park system. Her gardens have been restored and her design aesthetic is in evidence there, as it is in many gardens throughout the Northeast. She was a woman who bucked convention and was ahead of her time in so many ways. Her book, Spirit of the Garden, was re-issued by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2001 and is still as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1923 to rave reviews.

Join Professors Laura Lawson, Connie Webster, Anette Freytag, Kathleen John-Alder and Jean Marie Hartman of the Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University for a symposium about women in Landscape Architecture, past and present.

Bring a bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.

This program is eligible for 4.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.

Click on the picture of Merchiston Farm for more information and to register.



Tuesday, March 3

Join the Friends on this always popular and highly anticipated annual trip.

Inspired by the world’s exotic Mediterranean gardens, the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show invites you to fall in love with gardening all over again. Chat with garden experts and watch how-to gardening demonstrations in the Gardener’s Studio. See top floral designers in fun-filled competitions in the Designer’s Studio and shop acres of vendor booths brimming with merchandise in the Marketplace. Explore the hundreds of award-winning plants in the PHS Hamilton Horticourt and enjoy lunch and/or dinner on your own at the show or at nearby Reading Terminal Market.

Click on the flyer for more information and to register.


Held in Matilda’s at the Haggerty Education Center

Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 2 -4 PM

Mixed Media Collage II

Create an amazing mixed media collage suitable for framing! Will use numerous mediums, including papers, paint, ink and pencil.

10 years or older. $45, includes materials. Call 973.326.7601 to register.



The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum hosted their annual Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship Lecture on Saturday, February 1. Professional photographer, Rob Cardillo, was the speaker; his talk was followed by an exhibit of his lovely nature photographs in the Haggerty Education Building’s gallery.


Thank you to all who attended and helped raise money for this year’s scholarship to be awarded to a student in the County College Of Morris’ Landscape Technology Program.

Thank you also to Patti Millar, whose beautiful flower arrangement was displayed in the lecture hall, and to Pam Hasegawa for the lovely close-up photograph of Patti’s arrangement.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Free Affiliate Member Programs

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu Feb 6, 2020 - 7:30p

2019 Gesneriad Society Convention – slide show from the convention flower show in Cincinnati.

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Feb 12, 2020 - 7:30p

African Violet Society of America – Program on Hybridizing

Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Sat Feb 15, 2020 - 10:00a

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs.

10:00a Educational Program

12 Noon Orchid Judging

TriState African Violet Council

Sat Feb 15, 2020 - 10:00a

Program to be determined.

North American Rock Garden Society – Watnong Chapter

Sun Feb 16, 2020 - 10:00a

Speaker Barbara Melera lectures on ‘The D. Landreth Seed Company and The Story of America’s Great Seed Houses’

Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed Feb 19, 2020 - 11:30a

11:30 am Meeting

1:00 pm - Screening of the movie “The Gardener” about Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot.

Affiliate member programs are all free and open to the public.



To all our walkers, you may have noticed that progress is being made on the trail renovations. Some of the trails will open temporarily for a month or so, then be closed again for a couple of weeks for paving.

We are hoping all trails will reopen for good sometime between the middle and end of April.

Stay tuned and thank you for your patience!

Retail Partners

When shopping at our fine Retail Partners, please remember to present your Membership card at the beginning of your check out transaction. Our Retail Partners need to enter the discount at the beginning of that process.

If you have not yet used this wonderful Member Benefit, you can view our full list of Retail Partners by clicking here.

Amazon Smile

Don't forget to "SMILE!"Amazon Smile, that is!

Amazon, through the AmazonSmile Foundation will contribute 0.5% of your purchases on Amazon to a charitable organization you select. Please consider selecting The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum as your designated recipient from this wonderful program.

Click here and log in to your amazon account to designate the Friends as your charity.

All our events can be found on our Events Page where, we are happy to say, you can register and pay on line -- just click on the "Add to Cart" buttons on our Events page and Membership page. Alternatively, you may register by calling 973-326-7603.

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